New WA law lets underage drinkers call for help

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by Associated Press

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Posted on May 4, 2013 at 4:09 PM

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a new law that allows underage drinkers to call for medical help without fearing prosecution.

The Seattle Times reports that the law is meant to encourage minors to call 911 if needed. A similar law was passed for drug overdose cases in 2010.

By expanding the law to cover alcohol, Washington has joined a growing list of states that have embraced the policy.

Twelve states now have such "good Samaritan" laws. Colorado approved the first one in 2005, according to The Medical Amnesty Initiative, a national nonprofit established last year to boost the policy.

Six other states are in the process of approving a version of the policy.
 

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